A prison officer at HMP Whitemoor near March has been left permanently disfigured after a prisoner bit off his ear lobe following an argument about a dressing gown.

Nathan Deacon, 36, was on his way to collect his evening meal at about 6.30pm on September 14, 2020 when he was stopped by the prison officer at a gate.

Deacon was wearing a dressing gown, which was not allowed in the catering area.

When challenged about this, Deacon became argumentative and attempted to push by the victim. As the officer tried to restrain him, Deacon leant in and bit off his ear lobe.

The officer was taken to hospital, but it was established the ear lobe could not be re-attached.

Yesterday (April 8) at Cambridge Crown Court Deacon pleaded guilty to assault causing grievous bodily harm without intent.

He was ordered to serve an additional three years in prison at the end of his current sentence.

DC Emma Purser said: “This was a vicious attack that has left the victim permanently disfigured.

“The prison officer was simply doing his job by trying to enforce the rules of the prison. To attack him in this way is completely unacceptable.”